Bonzo goes to bitburg

Bonzo Goes to Bitburg

bonzo goes to bitburg

"Bonzo Goes to Bitburg" is a song by American punk rock band the Ramones. It was issued as a single in the UK by Beggars Banquet Records in mid

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An emotionally charged protest of the visit by U. Though it was available in the United States only as an import, it became a hit on college radio. The second version of the title is the one used on subsequent live and compilation albums. The song was written in reaction to the visit paid by U. Reagan laid a wreath at the cemetery and then gave a public address at a nearby air base. Before departing for Germany, Reagan ignited more controversy when he expressed his belief that the soldiers buried at Bitburg "were victims, just as surely as the victims in the concentration camps.

In October of we flipped the script on our Sevens column with Politiko , focusing solely on political songs until the general election. In the spring of , fresh off his landslide re-election to the presidency, Ronald Reagan planned out a visit to a West German military cemetery with then-Chancellor Helmut Kohl. It was near the 40th anniversary of V-E Day, and since Reagan was already going to be in West Germany for a G7 summit, Kohl felt it would make for a good way to begin to show the reconciliation of the two countries. Reagan tried to help his cause by stating in his defense that a good number of the SS soldiers were drafted against their will. This entire situation even got to a group of musicians not known for expressing their political opinions in their work. How can you forget six million people being gassed and roasted? Reagan did, by the time of the visit, agree to actually go to the concentration camp as well, though it was a little late to ward off some of the criticism as more than half the members of the Senate and House of Representatives had signed letters either asking Reagan to cancel his visit or for Kohl to rescind the invitation.

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The song is an emotionally charged commentary on the Bitburg controversy from earlier that year, in which U. - This feature will specifically examine songs both past and present that touch upon significant historical events throughout world history. In , the Reagan Administration entered into its second year of the second term in office.

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